Happy Saturday and welcome to another Utah Divas International Sketch Challenge. Last week, we began sharing links to the other Divas, hoping to make it easier for you to see everyone's creations. It worked out very well, so we are going to continue with this effort. After my blog, you'll skip all the way to Australia and Alisa's blog. Enjoy your trip ;)

Ok, here we go. For those of you who stopped by before 7:50 - I apologize for the missing project... don't know what happened, but here it is!

The sketch was nice because it just had a  circle and a line under where we were to use a rub-on - lots of room for interpretation! So I used:
  • our Circle Scallop Bigz die to cut my card base out of Glorious Green card stock.
  • the Paper Piercing tool and Mat Pack to add holes to each of the scallops; sorta like an eyelet border. 
  • my circle element became a daisy cut using the Flower Daisies #2 die. (Hey, I had the machine out..... why not?)
  • Stampin' Pastels and Sponge Daubers to add color to the flower and card base.
  • A nice yellow button in the center. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Backorder Updates



Good news! The XL Bird punch is in stock and available again. Elsie, I have your backordered punch – it arrived yesterday!

The following items are currently on backorder:

You can currently order the following items, and they will begin shipping this week.

117268: Real Red corduroy buttons
117681: Pretty in Pink corduroy buttons

You can currently order the following items, and they will begin shipping the week of March 1, 2010.

102394: Stampin' Mist
117272: Chocolate Chip 1/4" Sending Love epoxy brads

You can currently order the following items, and they will begin shipping the week of March 15, 2010.

117332: Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits die
118138: Beautiful Wings Embosslits die

You can currently order the following items, but a shipping date has not yet been determined. We will let you know as soon as we have the information.

117649: Pinking Hearts Border punch
118072: Pinking Hearts Corner punch

Guest Stamper - Sara Mattson-Blume


Hi folks! This is the last of the 5 cards I received in the Stampin' Addicts swap last month. This FUN card was created by Sara Mattson-Blume and you can visit her blog, here.

Sara combined a great fancy fold card along with fun colors and images to make a fantastic card for a kid (or kid at heart). Who wouldn't love to get this card?! (That is.... if I can let it go......)

For directions on how to make this tri-shutter card, click here. Thank you Sara for sharing your artwork with us, and thank you reader for stopping by!

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Tea Time 3x3 card


 The Mojo Monday sketch got me started this morning on this cute little 3x3 card. I ended up flipping the sketch so that the 2nd patterned paper (in this case I used vellum) and the bow end up on the right side and towards the top of the card. Although my plan was to use this to hold a tea bag, my plan was a little flawed.... I recommend measuring the tea packet before you begin ;)

Stamps: Dream Garden
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana (Classic Ink and Markers of all)
Paper: Whisper White, Barely Banana, Sage Shadow
Tools/Other: Hemp Twine, 3/16" handheld punch, Stampin' Sponge, Color Spritzer tool
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DivaSC71 Stampin' Up! Dream Gardens


Happy Saturday! Time for a sketch challenge with Utah Divas International. This week, we are trying something new: instead of heading back to the main UDI blog to find all of the Diva links, each of us will be providing a link to the next Diva on the list. You'll be able to circle all the way through and see everyone's projects. I just tried it this morning and - let me tell you - it was a fast and easy way to see the amazing projects everyone is sharing this weekend. Take a look through - I believe you'll be lovin' the variety of cards you'll see, all based on the same sketch. And, here, I humbly present my card:

For my card today, I used some paper I decorated earlier this week. (Click here for that post.) I ended up flipping the sketch so that I could put my pieces together the way I wanted to. And one little thing I did a little differently - I used linen thread and some simple stitching to adhere my vellum layer to my card front. Aside from that it's a pretty basic card - basic so I can use if for most any occasion ;)

For the next stop on our Circle of Divas (my name, lol), click here to be directed to Diva Alisa Tilsner's blog. She has a beautiful project for you to check out as well as a link for the next Diva's blog.Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Dream Gardens  
Ink: Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana (and markers in same)
Paper: Vellum, Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow, Whisper White  
Tools/Other: Spritzer tool, linen thread Stampin' Sponge
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Guest Stamper - Ellen Pruett Stampin' Up! Abundant Hope


Hi there! We're on card 4 of 5 from a recent swap with some of the demonstrators at Stampin' Addicts. The bold card below was created by Ellen Pruett. (Click here for her blog.)

I like her choice of bold colors for this card. They very much remind me of Mardi Gras, which falls in line with the Easter theme of this set. The shine of the ribbon adds a nice touch, too.
These beautiful flowers (Abundant Hope) were the first stamps that caught my eye when I received my copy of the Occasions Mini catalog. I haven't actually purchased the set (yet) so it was so nice to receive a card showcasing them. (That's one of the best parts of doing a swap - getting samples of stuff you don't have!)

Thank you, Ellen for your card and thank you, reader, for stopping by!

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How to make your own decorative paper


Thought I'd play with my supplies today and make my own patterned paper.
This first sheet of Whisper White card stock was stamped with images from Vintage Vogue and our retired stamp set, Carte Postale. I didn't even stretch my brain to figure out which colors to use - I simply chose 3 of the blues from the Rich Regals color group. Since our color groups are designed to go together, I knew they would work! It needs a little filler, but I think I'll wait until I go to use it; at that time I can add sponging or little dabs of color as needed for the project.

On the next project, I started out by die cutting our Little Leaves sizzlit from a piece of card stock. I then used the piece that was left (the "negative") as a stencil and sponged in some Sage Shadow leaves.
 Of course it needed more work, so I added some stamped images from Dream Gardens and also used the die cut leaf and a sponge to add some yellow leaves.
The paper still looked too stark, so on this one I went ahead and added more color by spritzing color on with a Color spritzer and Stampin' Write markers. The picture doesn't do it justice, unfortunately, but here it is anyway!  :)

 I'll be attempting to make some projects with these once the boys are back in school, so be sure to check back!

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An early Spring Song on Woodgrain


It's not anywhere near spring yet, but I couldn't resist the cute little bird from our Spring Song stamp set.

 This card is a birthday card for a family friend. Mr. Bravo is the sweetest man and he is my grandmother's sweetheart :) He likes nature, so I thought he might like this bird image. "Pensando en ti" is spanish for "thinking of you"; I find this to be the best sentiment for cards because it can be used for any occasion. Including this about-to-be-late birthday card. (I'm so go about making the cards.... just not so good at sending them on time... how embarrassing!)

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Wood Grain background, Spring Song (available as a free stamp set with our Sale-a-bration promotion!)
Ink: Soft Suede, StazOn Timber Brown
Paper: Watercolor paper, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue
Tools/Other: Rich Regals Water Color crayons, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Sponges, Big Shot, Sizzlits 4-pk Lots of Tags, Linen Thread
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How to tie ribbon a new way


I love ribbon and am always challenged to find new ways to use it. This time, my hubby had to help me... check it out:

 Yup - a tie! How fun! I wanted to use this paper from our Cottage Wall Designer Series paper; so I made a Newlywed card. The two Rhinestone Circle brads on the top right are supposed to resemble earrings.... I sure hope I'm not the only person who "gets" that.... lol
But the tie - it could be used for Father's Day, Graduation, Congrats (new job at work)... all kinds of manly things! So easy - and hopefully, so different! Hope you enjoy it!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence
Tools/Other: Clear Circle and ice Circle Rhinestone brads, Large Oval Punch, Movers & Shapers die, 5/8" Old Olive Satin ribbon, Big Shot
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Guest Stamper - Linda Pittman Teeny Tiny Wishes


Hi there! Today's post is number 3 of 5 cards I received from a card swap at Stampin' Addicts. This fun z-fold card is from Linda Pittman.

 This is such a pretty card. The image (from our Garden from the Heart stamp set) is so pretty and feminine. She sponged around the edges of all of the pieces which really softened them and gave such a nice "feel" to the card. The sponging also helped the dots on the embossed panel to stand out as well. And the little clip is just such a nice touch, isn't it?

Thank you Linda for sharing with me and thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: Garden From the Heart, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: StazOn Black, Chocolate Chip Classic Stamp pad

Paper: Watercolor Paper, Old Olive, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip

Tools/Other: Watercolor Wonder crayons, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Sponge, Mini Library Clips, Linen Thread, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots folder
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Monday means Mojo! Bird XL Punch


Every Monday I look forward to the sketch posted at Mojo Monday. Today was no exception and I love the original sketch posted today. I would have never come up with this on my own!

I wish I had made last week - I went to a baby shower yesterday and I think this would have been just right for that occasion. Oh, well!
The paper I used (a retired set of Designer Series Paper) dictated my colors. I kept it simple and used  Bashful Blue and Old Olive card stock along with white embellishments. The flower is from a set of die cut flowers (do we even sell these anymore?) and of course the bird is from our new XL 2-step Bird punch. Seems like I'm not the only one who loves this punch; we're currently out of stock and awaiting news on when we'll get more!
Thank you for stopping by!

Stampin' Up! A Kind Word For You


Our Occasions Mini catalog has a few sets of Designer Series Paper.  A simple layout and a sheet of flower strewn paper from the Sending Love Specialty set inspired me to make this card:
I love the colors of Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink together - don't they look sweet? I was able to echo the colors of the paper in the little girl's dress as well as with my embellishments making it very easy to put this card together. I think this is one that will appeal to the little girl in whomever  I decide to send it to.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: A Kind Word, Vintage Labels (SAB)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
Tools/Other: 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Scallop Trim Border punch (SAB), Flower Brads, coloring pencils, odorless mineral spirits
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Guest Stamper Melina Bischel


Hello! This fun card is another one of the cards I received in a recent Stampin' Addicts swap. Our heart filled card was made by Melina Bischel. She is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in California; you can visit her blog here.

This card uses the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set currently available in our Occasions Mini catalog. I love how she used this set for something other than Valentines - in this case a Birthday card. (And who doesn't need more of those?)  One detail that you may not have noticed - see the white dots on the card? The drew those on with a gel pen! Nice!

Thank you Melina for your bold happy card and thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts (Haiti promotion set, purchase and we donate $2 to American Red Cross), Well Scripted

Ink: Craft White, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango

Paper: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper

Tools/Other: Signo White Gel pen, Dusty Durango Dotted grosgrain ribbon
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Mojo Card Sketch Happiness


It's Monday! Yup, all day!
I managed to escape from house duties long enough to play with some paper, ink and felt along with the Mojo sketch challenge today.

Can you tell how badly I wanted to delay my return to laundry? I even took time to distress and sponge the edges of every layer :)
Just kidding, the vanilla paper looked a little boring to me - all straight and proper. I decided to muss it up a little bit so that it would blend from layer to layer a little better.  The picture doesn't show the sponging very well, but it's there on the edge of each layer and helps to soften the Very Vanilla layers (cardstock and Designer Series paper).
"Soft" became the theme for the card. Soft colors, soft embellishments and a soft, mellow overall feel. Soft, like the towels awaiting me in the laundry room..... lol. So, it's back to work for me.  I hope you like my card today. Thank you for stopping by on some of your own "escape" time :)

Stamps: Happy Moments (SAB)
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink; Stampin' Write Markers: So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Pale Plum, Old Olive
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Shades of Spring Designer Series Paper
Tools/Other: Stitched Felt Sweet Pea, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Sponge, Crystal Effects, Cutter Kit, Organdy Ribbon (ret.)
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